Lavender Tang (Acanthurus nigrofuscus)
Family: Acanthuridae (Tangs/Surgeonfishes)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific Region, Western Pacific Ocean
Depth: 0 to 82 ft. Size: 8.25 in. Jumps: No Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Filamentous algae
Natural History: The Lavendar Tang is found on rocky and coral-rich lagoons and seaward reefs. Adults are reported to forms small groups or larger schools in some areas. Juveniles are observed in mixed-species groups with other tangs. This species is reported to be less aggressive than many other tangs and uses large numbers in schooling feeding strategies with other tangs to minimize aggression.
Husbandry: The Lavendar Tang will likely be aggressive with other tangs but should otherwise make a good addition to a peaceful community tank. A tank with live rock should be provided to allow ample algae for grazing as well as hiding places. Strong water flow will also help in the acclimation of this species.
Reproduction: Large numbers of Lavender Tangs travel to a group spawning site where they pair off and make spawning ascents, releasing eggs into the water column.
AKA: Palani Tang, Brown Surgeonfish, Spot-cheek Surgeonfish
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